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Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT (US)

Zoom Webinar - Register Here

New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), the last remaining nuclear weapons agreement between the United States and Russia, expires in February 2021 unless both sides agree to a five-year extension.


The treaty, ratified almost a decade ago, limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons to levels far below those of the Cold War. 


With the deadline for renewal just months away, what are the current prospects for New START? How does its renewal fit into the wider ethical and policy debates on nuclear arms control and disarmament? And how can Catholic and Evangelical Protestant communities mobilize in support of the agreement?


Join us for a panel discussion featuring prominent Evangelical and Catholic leaders and scholars, who will explore these timely and important issues.

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Former US Senator

Founder and Co-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative

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National Association of Evangelicals

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Director, Office International Justice and Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Associate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of America

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Director, World Evangelical Alliance Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons, Research Scholar, Yale University

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Executive Director, Washington Office; Associate Professor of the Practice

This pre-recorded webcast features: 


  • ​Most Reverend Mitsuaki Takami, archbishop of Nagasaki and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan

  • Most Reverend David Malloy, bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois and chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  • Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations at the Catholic University of Americ

On August 6 and 9, 1945, two atomic weapons were detonated over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs shattered the cities, immediately killing upwards of 80,000 people in Hiroshima and 35,000 people in Nagasaki. For months and years afterward, people continued to die from burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries. On a visit to Nagasaki in November 2019, Pope Francis spoke forcefully on the abolition of nuclear weapons, saying “A world of peace, free from nuclear weapons, is the aspiration of millions of men and women everywhere. To make this ideal a reality calls for involvement on the part of all.” This year on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the bombings, prominent Catholics in the United States and Japan are working together in solidarity and friendship to promote a world free of nuclear weapons.


Building on the Holy Father’s appeal, this commemoration recalls in solidarity the tragic devastation wreaked by nuclear warfare. Archbishop Mitsuaki Takami and Bishop David Malloy offer short reflections on the meaning of the bombings today. Archbishop Takami recalls the personal tragedies inflicted on his family, Bishop Malloy speaks to the need for nuclear disarmament, and together they offer prayers for peace. The event is moderated by Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love and incorporates a visual memorial of the destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This event is hosted by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs; Northwestern University’s Sheil Catholic Center; the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace; the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of International Justice and Peace; The Catholic University of America Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies; the International Federation of Catholic Universities; and Pax Christi International. 


This is one of a series of initiatives of the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament.

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Past Events

November 5, 2019
Happel Room in Caldwell Hall
10-11:00 a.m.


Live Video Conference

Student-to-Student Dialogue

Moscow State University,

Department of Global Affairs


The Catholic University of America


University of Miami

Briefing and Diaspora Engagement With Democratic Republic of Congo Officials

Open to the Public

Where:   The Catholic University of America/Pryzbyla Center -Rm. 323

Date:      Saturday October 26, 2019
Time:      2:00 – 4:00 PM



Hon. Rolly Zazi Lelo, Senator

Hon. Jean Gambu Bakomito, Senator

Hon. Yamba Kazadi Gracia, Member of Parliament

Hon. Lite Asebea André, Minister for Human Rights.

Hon. Dieudonnette Boyekombo Mungwananjo , Senator

Hon. Lambert Mende Omalanga, Member of Parliament

Hon. Kabund wa Kabund, 1st Vice President of Parliament

Hon. Mamba Kabamba Jean Jacques, Member of Parliament


The recent peaceful elections and the inauguration of a new administration in the Democratic Republic of Congolese (DRC) presents further opportunities for the DRC to move a step closer to its long overdue economic achievements and political stability. All eyes are on President Felix Tshisekedi. However, an African proverb notes that “A single bracelet does not jingle“. This gathering is meant to encourage dialogue between DRC officials and the diaspora community to identify issues and initiate possible solutions to improve the livelihood of Congolese citizens.

This is an opportunity for interaction with members of Parliament, Senate and the Minister of Human Rights. The DRC needs leaders to champion the causes the diaspora cares about the most, among them youth employment, land grabbing, nepotism, future of the United Nations mission, insecurity, corruption and much more.  If you wish to contribute a topic for discussion and participate in a pre-meeting preparation, please contact us at or call the office at 202-817-3670  or cell at 847-334-3614

Sept. 17, 2019

Student-to-Student Dialogue on the Challenges of Syria

Students in Dr. Cusimano-Love's Global Issues class participated in a live video conversation with students at two Moscow Universities as part of an on-going series organized by Professors Herbert Reginbogin and Marshall Breger. The location was Happel Room in Caldwell Hall. Participating were:  Stanford University, The Catholic University of America, National Research Nuclear University (Moscow) and Moscow State University.

Thursday, September 12, 5-7 p.m.

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists, with the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, the Institute for Policy Research and the Department of Sociology at The Catholic University of America, invites you to


A Conversation on Religious Freedom for All


Thursday, September 12, 5-7 p.m.

Happel Room, Caldwell Hall (North End)

Catholic University of America

635 Michigan Avenue NE - Brookland/CUA Metro

Light Refreshments Served   



Please join us for an important conversation on the principles and current state of religious freedom on the occasion of the 2019 awards for Catholic social science and social action from the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. 


Dr. David Schindler, Emeritus Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, will present a theological reflection of the new document "Religious Freedom for All" from the Vatican's International Theological Commission. 


Rev. Dr. Thomas Weinandy, OFM, a member of the ITC, will offer a response. 


Nina Shea, Esq., will present an overview of the state of global religious freedom in practice today.  Questions from the audience will be fielded, and light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Schindler will be awarded the Pius XI Award for contributions to a true Catholic social science.  Ms. Shea will receive the Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award for Catholic social action.  Rev. Dr. Paul Sullins, SCSS Chaplain will moderate and present the awards.

Schindler: "Freedom for Truth: A consideration of "Religious Freedom for All" in light of Dignitatis Humanae. Is religious freedom nothing more than immunity from coercion?

Weinandy: Response to Schindler's remarks

Shea: The state of global religious freedom today

Panel:  Open questions for all three speakers.

Chen Guangcheng discusses  the continuing forced abortion policy in China in a recent episode of The Bill Walton Show.
Wed. April 3, 2019

Environmental Justice Symposium 
Join us for a day of discussion about the latest climate science, its human impacts, and urgently needed responses. Special attention will focus on vulnerable and displaced populations.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Symposium
5–8 p.m.         | Reception followed by a                                   

                          conversation on Living Laudato Si’ (Heritage Hall)

The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Auditorium, Caldwell Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20064 

Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research; National Catholic School of Social Service; Georgetown University Law Center Campus Ministry

The Center for the Promotion of Health and Mental Health Well-Being and Jesuit Refugee Services/USA

This event is a free event. For disability accommodations or further information, 
please email Brooks Zitzmann, Ph.D., LCSW, at



March 25, 2019
Workshop:  Perspectives on Neutrality as a Tool for Peace, Security and Justice
Where:          Washington, D.C.  
Location:       Hart Senate Office Bldg. Rm. 902
Join us for a discussion of the origins and history of permanent neutrality, and whether a new security architecture with this at its core would reduce tension between the American Eagle, the Russian Bear, and the Chinese Dragon.
For More Information, please contact IPR.

Heinz Gaertner,

Michael O'Hanlon

Terrence Hoppmann

Pascal Lottaz,

Stephen Neff

Herbert R. Reginbogin,

Ruth Wedgewood

Full Program

Sponsored by IPR's Permanent Neutrality Working Group and Democratic Pacific Union
Feb. 7, 2019
Conversation:  Fmr. CIA Lawyer John Rizzo joins The Catholic University Intelligence Club in a discussion jointly sponsored by CUIC and the IPR National Security and Intelligence working group.
Location:  Hannan Hall, 108   (New Location!)
                    The Catholic University of America,
                    620 Michigan Ave.,N.E. 
                    Washington, D.C.
Time:          6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Day:            Thursday, February 7, 2019
IPR Fellow Andrew Yeo on Voice of America to discuss China-North Korea relations.
October 25, 2018

National Constitution Center Podcast:

Key Congressional Elections in History.


Matthew Green, IPR Fellow and a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America who teaches and writes on the U.S. Congress, congressional leadership, and political parties. 

Thomas E. Mann a senior fellow in governance studies at The Brookings Institution, and 

​​​Jeffrey Rosenthe President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center.

Thursday, September 20
The Society for Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) Award Ceremony & Lecture by George Weigel was a great success.
Award Recipient of the Pope Pius XI Award:  George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center was recognized as a scholar whose efforts have contributed to building up a true Catholic social science.
Award Recipient of the Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award for Catholic social action was Mrs. Mercedes Wilson, internationally known advocate of natural family planning and the author of Love and Family: Raising a Traditional Family in a Secular World. 

The Rev. Paul Sullins presents the award to Mercedes Wilson in Caldwell Hall at The Catholic University of America.

George Weigel receives the Award from the Rev. Paul Sullins of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Released Soon:  
The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift

by IPR Fellow Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti

Monsignor Rossetti, bestselling author and leading expert on the Catholic priesthood, forges a renewed theology of priestly blessing, encouraging his brother priests to embrace the habit of blessing people, objects, and events. He shows how the blessing is integral to the identity of priests and crucial to the spiritual well-being of the faithful.

Friday and Saturday:  SEPTEMBER 14 & 15
Friday, September 14
On behalf of the Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN), you are cordially invited to celebrate AFJN's 35 years of Advocacy, Capacity Building and Education for Transformation with keynote speaker Congressman Jim McGovern on Friday, September 14th.
Time:         10:00 AM to 3:30 PM 
Location:  Dirksen Senate Building, 
                    50 Constitution Ave NE, 
                    Room SD 106, 
                    Washington, DC 20002.


Lunch will be provided.


For more information, please see the letter from AFJN's Executive Director and IPR Fellow, Rev. Aniedi Okure. To RSVP, please click here.

Saturday, September 15


AFJN's 35th Anniversary Celebration &

Briefing on the Promotion of Religious Freedom


Keynote Address by: 

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, M.Afr


Archbishop Fitzgerald is a member of the Missionaries of Africa. He served as Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt; President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and as Vatican Delegate to the Arab League.

He has been at the center of efforts to foster dialogue with Muslims.

This event is co-sponsored by the Missionaries of Africa, who this year are marking 150 years of serving the people of Africa through dialogue of life, dialogue of social action, dialogue of theological reflection, and dialogue of spiritual exchange; and the Institute for Policy Research at The Catholic University of America. 


When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:   Catholic University of America,  Heritage Hall in Father O'Connell Hall,

620 Michigan Ave. N.E. 20064

Lunch will be provided.

For Questions Contact:

Danuta at or call 202-319-5999


Bahati at  or call 202-817-3670


A Briefing On Just Governance and the Work of the Catholic Church in Liberia

Date:         Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Venue:      The Catholic University of America, Przybyla Center, Great Room A

                   620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064


  • The Most Reverend Lewis Zeigler, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Monrovia

  • The Most Reverend Anthony F. Borwah, Bishop, Diocese of Gbarnga & President of       the Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia

  • The Most Reverend Andrew J. Karnley, Bishop, Diocese of Cape Palmas

Please RSVP at:

Sponsored by: 

  • Institute for Policy Research

  • AFJN

  • LIberian Apostolate in the U.S., Affiliated to the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church

Announcing:  IPR Fellow Marc Sebrechts named Division Director of the National Science Foundation

Dr. Marc Sebrechts, Chair of the Catholic University Department of Psychology for over two decades, has been appointed as Division Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation, effective August 20, 2018.


As Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Sebrechts will provide leadership and direction to the Division, which is responsible for funding research that develops and advances scientific knowledge about the brain, human cognition, language, social behavior, and culture including research on the interactions between human societies and their environments.

While serving full time as division director, Sebrechts will continue his research and mentoring of students in the Cognition and Virtual Reality Laboratory at Catholic University.

Congratulations, Marc!

Announcing: State Department Nomination

IPR Director Robert Destro has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Senate confirmation hearings are expected to be held in August.

In the Washington Post

Will raising human rights issues really derail nuclear negotiations with North Korea?

By Andrew Yeo and Danielle Chubb  June 27


President Trump in recent months talked about the “cruel dictatorship”of the North Korean regime, echoing other statements critical of North Korea’s record on human rights. That was at January’s State of the Union address.

Announcing:  A New Book by IPR Fellow Andrew Yeo, and Danielle Chubb

Advance Praise: 

"The more closed and repressive a regime, the more difficult to form effective transnational human rights coalitions.  North Korea is undoubtedly among the toughest cases. But this outstanding collection shows the ingenuity of those perspicacious individuals and groups that have pushed the North Korean human rights agenda. With interesting theory....this book is indispensable not only for those working on North Korea, but for the human rights community more generally."                   


 Stephen Haggard, Krause Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego

 Learn More about the book

Read two recent blog posts by IPR Fellow James Youniss and his co-author Daniel Hart on the Parkland shooting and teen voting in the Youth in America blog in Psychology Today.
A Recent Article in the Washington Post by IPR
Visiting Fellow Chen Guangcheng



The WorldPost   5/03/18


Chinese dissident:
Trump, don’t trade away democratic values


Read the Article

April 25th, 2018

The Redemption and Restoration Conference was a great success!
A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice


This dialogue on transforming the criminal justice system into one of restoration and healing was sponsored by The Catholic University of America, Catholic Mobilizing Network, Justice Peace and Human Development/USCCB and Liturgical Press.

Speaker and IPR Fellow Dr. Linda Plitt-Donaldson tweeted this under the hashtag #redeemrestore: 







You can go to Twitter and see additional commentary from the conference at Catholic Mobilizing@CMNEndtheDP; and #redeemrestore.




              Why do we lead the world in incarceration? Because of our hyper-individualism & that we as a nation have not taken account of the social sins of racism, lack of health care, lack of housing, etc. & economic incentives for incarceration."

Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan












RSVP for Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan

A conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Halabja Genocide

Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan

How can communities in Kurdistan and Iraq halt the cycle of genocide?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Knight Conference Center, Level 7
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

On March 16, 1988, Iraqi aircraft attacked the city of Halabja with chemical weapons. Children were lost in the chaos that followed, families were decimated as 5,000 people died and thousands more were injured with poison gas.

This genocide was one of many atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan by the dictator Saddam Hussein. During his rule, 182,000 Kurds were killed in the Anfal genocide campaign; 8,000 Barzani men and boys were murdered in 1983; thousands of Faily Kurds disappeared, and thousands more were oppressed, abused, and killed by the Ba'athist regime. The genocide also saw the destruction of 4,500 villages and the razing of cities such as Qala Diza, tearing at the fabric of Kurdish society and economy.

The suffering of the people of Halabja has come to symbolize all of the atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan. In Iraq, violence and genocide is cyclical, and in 2014 we again witnessed a genocide against the Yezidis, Christians and others in Nineveh.

This year we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Halabja genocide. We invite you to join us for a conference to discuss this atrocity, the cycle of genocide in Iraq, how this impacts politics in Kurdistan and Iraq today, and the imperative for justice and reconciliation. Home
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